Man in custody after shotgun blast at Lancashire address – police appeal for witnesses

Officers were called in the early hours of this morning (Sunday) following reports that a number of people had attended an address on Monarch Street in the Oswaldtwistle area where a shotgun was fired .

Two vehicles and the front window of a property were damaged but fortunately no one was injured.

Officers attended the scene and a number of vehicles used by the offenders were identified and recovered – one in Merseyside and one in Staffordshire. These vehicles have now been recovered.

Police have man in custody for shooting shotgun in Lancashire

An investigation is underway to identify the culprits and establish the motive for the incident. Officers are carrying out a number of inquiries including house to house in the area and reviewing CCTV.

A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of firearms offenses and is currently in police custody.

East Constabulary Detective Inspector Tracey McMurdo said: ‘I recognize the concern this incident will have caused in the area and while I am pleased we have made an arrest, our investigations remain at a very early stage and are very much on- Go.

“We will not tolerate gun crime on the streets of Lancashire – we have seen in recent days the truly devastating impact such crime can have, both regionally and nationally, and that is not the case. It was only a matter of luck that no one was seriously injured in last night’s incident at a site where children and families were present.

“I would appeal to anyone with information that could help us with our investigations to come forward and contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0087 for today (Sunday August 28)

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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